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Gwinnett Daily Post of GA Reports: Metal Master of GA Scammed Jewelers, Some Were Montanans

7/28/2011

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Gwinnett Daily Post of GA Reports: Metal Master of GA Scammed Jewelers, Some Were Montanans

Three people were jailed on counts of theft by deception, a felony. They allegedly contacted jewelers in Montana, Arizona, Nebraska and Mississippi, holding themselves out as employees of Master Metals, Inc., and requesting depleted watch batteries for recycling. The batteries can fetch handsome payments from refiners who extract the silver. Police say the three received hundreds of dollars worth of dead batteries and never sent money they had promised jewelers.

In one instance a jeweler told police a woman called him repeatedly soliciting his used metals. He ultimately received an envelope from Masters Metals, similar to many popular cash for gold opportunities, in the mail without asking for it. The jeweler eventually caved and sent $100 in watch batteries in hopes of seeing money returned. As time passed, he researched the business, thought it was a scam and alerted police.

In Waynesboro, Miss., the owner of Henderson Jewelry reported to the Metro Atlanta Better Business Bureau that a woman calling herself “Polly Moore” faxed a UPS pick-up for batteries and never sent a check in return.

The Master Metals business is not BBB accredited and is not listed with the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.

If you have been a victim of this scam, please file a complaint with the Lawrenceville, GA Police at (770) 339-2443.

Full story here: http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/crimecops/headlines/Cops_Family_ran_phony_recycling_biz_126298173.html

BBB offers tips to jewelers faced with this opportunity:

1) Do Your Research: Make sure the company you are dealing with is reputable and legitimate before engaging with them

2) Consider Persistence to be a Red Flag: Nobody likes to be high-pressured. If you receive repeated calls from potential opportunities like this, and your initial stance was NO to begin with, consider this to be a tip off to a potential rip off.

3) If something seems fishy, it probably is: When something arrives in the mail that you didn’t ask for, take that as being aggressive selling.

4) Discern the Pitch: If the pitch seems unusual, don’t feel obligated to respond to it.

5) Be Pro-Active: Be pro-active and report such activity to your local authorities by filing a complaint.

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